Missouri man used hidden camera to film teens getting out of the shower, feds say

Federal investigators say a man from Licking, Missouri used a hidden camera to film teenage girls getting out of the shower.

Nathaniel F. Mares, 35, was charged this month with producing child porn after investigators say they found several of his clandestine recordings.

According to a criminal complaint, a family member found 31 of Mares’ flash drives while she was cleaning in December.

The family member put one of the flash drives into her computer and discovered videos of two teenage girls getting in and out of the shower, according to the complaint.

In at least one of the videos, the complaint says, Mares could be seen placing the camera in the bathroom.

The complaint says law enforcement officers arrested Mares on Jan. 4 in Texas County and seized a computer, external hard drive, dozens of flash drives and a “spy pen” video recording device.

Mares is being held in the Greene County Jail.

In asking that he be held in jail before trial, federal prosecutors wrote that Mares — who is employed as a corrections officer at the South Central Missouri Correctional Facility in Licking — also had other “surreptitious” video recordings in his possession.

Prosecutors say they found videos Mares took of a woman and her child walking into Walmart and Mountain Grove Elementary School.

Another video, prosecutors say, was taken at a public pool and focused on girls in swimsuits.

An attorney listed for Mares in online court records did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment for this report.

A spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that Mares was still employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Source: News-Leader

Police ID man who set up camera in bathroom

WHITE MARSH, Md. —Baltimore County police have identified a man who they said set up a spy camera in a White Marsh Mall restroom.

A day after releasing the video and photos, police said tips from the public helped to identify a suspect. Police said he will face charges once detectives have completed their investigation.

Police said they had a clear picture of the suspect because he caught himself on camera.

“This was a recording device that was attached to a very small camera that the suspect had secured on a partition separating two of the bathroom stalls,” said Officer Jennifer Peach, spokeswoman for the of Baltimore County Police Department.

Police said that around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 a patron found a camera in the family restroom of the food court area in White Marsh Mall. Police said the camera was secured with electrical tape to a partition dividing two lavatory areas, pointing toward one of the facilities. The camera and recording equipment, including an SD card containing video, were turned over to police.

Investigators said someone spotted the device inside a the bathroom and alerted authorities on Dec. 23. Since that time, detectives said, they have enhanced the quality of the video in hopes that someone will recognize the man.

“We’re very concerned because this is someone who is attempting to record people when they have an expectation of privacy — when they are vulnerable,” Peach said.

Police said a few people, including children, were recorded.

“We don’t know who his target audience was. We don’t know if he was intending to target adults or our children,” Peach said.

For many shoppers, the news was disturbing.

“That’s disgusting. I don’t know why anyone would want to do that,” said shopper Jakeline Quintanilla.

Quintanilla said she’ll pay more attention when using public restrooms from now on.

“I’m going to be more careful now because I don’t want anyone recording me doing that stuff. I don’t think anyone else wants that either,” she said.

Police believe the camera was only set up for a very short period of time.

White Marsh Mall’s general manager released the following statement:

“The safety and well-being of our shoppers and merchants are of paramount importance to us. White Marsh Mall and our security team are cooperating fully with the Baltimore County Police Department as they continue their investigation into this incident. We ask that you refer all questions to the Baltimore County Police Department.”

Source: WBAL TV